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Timeform Review - Doomben - Kingsford Smith Cup Day

Timeform review of the 2018 Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup won by Impending

Timeform Review - Doomben - Kingsford Smith Cup Day

Impending has continued his strong form this campaign with a narrow victory in the Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Impending (outside) edging outing Le Romain (inside)
Impending (outside) edging outing Le Romain (inside) Picture:Racing and Sports

The James Cummings-trained runner has come back very well, winning the Group 2 Victory Stakes first up before running on to finish runner up in the Doomben 10,000 last start.


Settling back throughout with Damian Browne on board, Impending Horseform still had plenty of work to do at the top of the straight but under an inspired ride was able to weave his way through the field to arrive in time and nose out Le Romain Horseform in second with Champagne Cuddles Horseform third.

Impending returned a Timeform figure of 122+, equal to his previous best achieved the start prior when runner up to English Horseform in the Doomben 10,000.

The 122 achieved by Impending is the equal highest winning figure since Black Caviar Horseform who ran to 133+ when winning in 2011 (BTC Cup, 1200m).

This was just the second year the race has been run over at Doomben with 2017 winner Clearly Innocent Horseform running to 121 when beating Jungle Edge Horseform over 1300m.

Impending will now head towards the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) a race he won last year after a fourth placing in the Kingsford Smith Cup.

Going into the race in much better form this year, there is no reason he can’t make it back to back wins in the feature race before heading off to stud a multiple Group 1 winner.

Of the beaten runners Le Romain was very good again notching up his third Group 1 placing in a row and also ran to 122 and will also head towards the Stradbroke Handicap.

Three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles followed up her outstanding Gold Coast Guineas win with a third placing and ran to a new career peak Timeform figure of 113p.

The Bjorn Baker-trained runner will be getting plenty of weight off the likes of Impending in the Stradbroke and with plenty of upside looks a strong chance in the feature race.

Youngstar winning the Group 1 Queensland Oaks
Youngstar winning the Group 1 Queensland Oaks Picture:Racing and Sports

The other Group 1 of the day saw Youngstar Horseform continue her strong form to notch up her fourth victory in a row and the first Group 1 of her career in the Queensland Oaks (2200m).

In what looked a fairly weak renewal, Youngstar settled midfield before edging closer to find herself off the leaders.

Another Dollar looked the winner at the 250m, but Kerrin McEvoy was able to get the best out of Youngstar over the final stages to edge out Another Dollar Horseform in second with Sheezdashing Horseform diving late into a close third.

Youngstar returned a Timeform figure of 105+, the same as her win in the Group 2 Roses which is the lowest winning figure since Miss Keepsake in 2010 (2400m) who ran to 99.

The 2017 renewal which saw Egg Tart beat Pygmy has not seen a subsequent stakes winner out of the race and only three runners of any Oaks have gone on to win another Group 1 since 2000.

Lean Mean Machine winning the Group 2 Sires' Produce
Lean Mean Machine winning the Group 2 Sires' Produce Picture:Racing and Sports

The feature two-year-old even of the day saw Lean Mean Machine Horseform overcome another wide barrier to get the better of Zousain Horseform and Boomsara Horseform in the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m).

Settling back in the field Corey Brown was able to bring Lean Mean Machine along the rails, taking the lead at the 100m and proving too good for his rivals, beating Zousain by just under a length.

The Chris Waller-trained runner ran to a new career peak Timeform figure of 109+, nine pounds above his previous best achieved when third in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m).

Lean Mean Machine ran below 2017 winner Melody Belle (112+) and the same figure as 2016 winner Attention (109).

The Stablemates Lean Mean Machine and Zousain will both now progress to the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) with both likely to be right in the market with The Autumn Sun also from the Chris Waller stable.

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134540
R7 DOOMBEN 26 May 2018
Kingsford-Smith Cup , 1350m
Race Synopsis: Godolphin's talented four-year-old Impending continues to race in top form, now winning five (with eight placings) from 17 starts, in taking out this Group One feature, his second success at the elite level. He was eased by Damian Browne to settle in seventh place (between runners) before taking a split on turning for home and he then came with a timely late bid to grab victory in the last few strides. Le Romain went to the front, forged the early pace, was pressured nearing the 600m, got a break at the 200m, looking the winner, only to be caught on the post for a very close second in another very good performance. Three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles raced in sixth place (wide with cover), moved up (deep) at the home turn, sprinted smartly to challenge at the 200m before fighting gamely for third in a very good effort in this class. Recent Doomben 10,000 (Gr 1, 1200m) winner English had a good trip again in fifth spot from an inside barrier, got along the inner from the 200m before fighting well for fourth, beaten just under two lengths, while Endless Drama was handily placed but caught deep, moved up (three wide) nearing the home turn and then held on well for (3 lengths) fifth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. IMPENDING (AUS)
5yo H
JAMES CUMMINGS
DAMIAN BROWNE
59.0
$4.25
 
LONHRO (AUS) - MNEMOSYNE (AUS)
Godolphin Australia Syndicate (Mgr: Vin Cox)
2nd  
2. LE ROMAIN (AUS)
6yo Gelding
KRIS LEES
GLYN SCHOFIELD
59.0
$4.25
 
HARD SPUN (USA) - MIGNARD (AUS)
A Carusi, A P Agius, L Nicaj, A Labbozzetta, G Serratore, J Altamura, Miss M Bilusic & Mrs S Livaja
3rd  
11. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES (AUS)
4yo Mare
BJORN BAKER
COREY BROWN
55.0
$6.00
 
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - SKY CUDDLE (AUS)
Champagne Ladies (Mgr: Mrs M J Hardy)
 Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Scone NSW, Psd $180,000 Res $200,000
 
4th  9. ENGLISH (AUS)
6yo Mare
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
57.0
$6.00
5th  8. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)
6yo H
CHRIS WALLER
TYE ANGLAND
59.0
$9.00
6th  10. VOLPE VELOCE (AUS)
5yo Mare
G & G RICHARDSON & PARKER
JAKE BAYLISS
57.0
$26.00
7th  3. CARE TO THINK (AUS)
5yo Gelding
MATTHEW DUNN
JAMES MCDONALD
59.0
$9.00
8th  6. MONSIEUR GUSTAVE (AUS)
6yo Gelding
DARRYL HANSEN
J LLOYD
59.0
$41.00
9th  4. MOST IMPORTANT (AUS)
6yo Gelding
TONY GOLLAN
JIM BYRNE
59.0
$15.00


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